A7 Radio's "Temple Talk" with Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitzchak Reuven
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This is a week of covenants. As the members of Israel's 19th Knesset are sworn in and pledge to serve the State of Israel and the Jewish people, this week's Torah portion of Mishpatim finds the people of Israel still standing at the foot of Mount Sinai, receiving the details of their obligations to G-d, and entering into a covenant with Him: "Moshe took the Book of the Covenant and read it within the earshot of the people, and they said, 'Everything that Hashem has said, we will do, and we will obey!'"
Is it coincidence that Israel's new Knesset, representatives of Israeli law, takes its oath during the week in which the Torah emphasizes the entire nation's oath to uphold Hashem's law? We don't believe in coincidence. As we've said before, the past isn't even past. We're still standing at Sinai and our covenant with the Almighty is still predicated on action - on fulfilling our role in this world.
This week at the Temple Institute:
WEEKLY TORAH PORTION: MISHPATIM: The Sinai revelation takes place in a desert no man's land, but the entire Sinai experience is a prequel and a dry run to the Daily Tamid Service of the Holy Temple through which the covenant at SInai is renewed, reconfirmed and made eternal each and every day.
JEWISH PRAYER ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT: Jewish Prayer on the Temple Mount is guaranteed by Israeli law. Yet if the Israel police hear a Jew utter a prayer on the Temple Mount he will be arrested, effectively rendering Jewish prayer at Judaism's holiest site illegal. The official reason for banning Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount? Sensitivity to Moslem feelings.
MOSLEM SOCCER ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT: Playing soccer at this Moslem school on the Temple Mount has long been banned by order of the Israel Supreme Court, as it was deemed inappropriate and disrespectful of a holy site. Yet the Israel police have consistently declined to take action to enforce the court ordered ban. The official reason for allowing Moslem soccer on the Temple Mount? Sensitivity to Moslem feelings.
THE UPCOMING MONTH OF ADAR AND THE HALF-SHEKEL CONTRIBUTION: This upcoming Sunday and Monday (February 11-12) mark Rosh Chodesh Adar - the beginning of the new month of Adar, the twelth and final month of the yearly cycle that begins with Nisan, ("the first of your months" Exodus 12:2), the month of the exodus from Egypt. When the Holy Temple is standing and the Divine service is being performed daily, the month of Adar is full of preparations for the upcoming Passover pilgrimage festival which begins on the 15th of Nisan. In addition, the month of Adar is the month that the half-shekel is collected. For the complete article:
MOVING CLOSER TOWARD COMPLETION: We are moving closer and closer towards the long-awaited opening of the Temple Institute's new Visitors Center in Jerusalem! Learn more about the new Visitors Center:
Rabbi Chaim Richman is the international director of the Temple Institute in Jerusalem which is dedicated to rebuilding the Holy Temple (Beit HaMikdash). He is a member of the current effort to revive the Sanhedrin and the author of ten books including Mystery of the Red Heifer and A House of Prayer for All Nations. Yitzchak Reuven works at the Temple Institute in Jerusalem. He previously worked building Biblical harps and other musical instruments for use in the Holy Temple. He and Rabbi Chaim Richman have been friends since their Israeli army days. They host the Temple Talk podcast dealing with issues of the Temple Mount and the weekly Torah parsha every Tuesday from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Israel time (1pm U.S. EST) on Israel National Radio.